Renewed Violence in CAR Causes More People to Flee Into DR Congo
[UNHCR]This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 6 December 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR Fears for Civilians as Hundreds Flee to DR Congo
[UNHCR]Bangui -The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed alarm at the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic and concern for the safety of civilians caught in the latest fighting.
Lawyer Faces Hague Witness Tampering Charge
[Hirondelle]Arusha -A second member of Congolese Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba's defence team on Thursday made an initial appearance before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, suspected of witness tampering in the Bemba trial. Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo was arrested in the Netherlands on 23 November 2013 and transferred to the ICC detention centre on 4 December 2013.
On Dowries and Drinks in Kinshasa
[African Arguments]I had just arrived in Kinshasa when Pascal called me. "Can you keep Saturday evening free for us?" he asked, "we need you as a mushamuka." "Absolutely," I replied, "count me in," fully confident that mushamuka wouldn't mean plumber or electrician.
France Strives to Keep African Influence At Paris Summit
[RFI]"The world is in mourning" for Nelson Mandela, French President Fran├žois Hollande told a summit on peace and security in Africa as it opened on Friday. Over 50 representatives of African countries will discuss conflict resolution and Hollande will try to convince them to keep doing business with France.
Second Bemba Lawyer Appears Before ICC On Evidence Forgery Charges
[Bemba Trial Website]Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, a member of the defense team in the ongoing trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba, on Thursday made his initial appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on allegations of witness and evidence tampering.
Rebels On the Run
[Africa In Fact]Lessons can be drawn from the recent surrender of the M23 rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
DRC - Denial of Justice for the Victims of Sexual Crimes
[PR Newswire]Paris -In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), victims of sexual crimes are facing insurmountable obstacles to obtain justice and reparation. The cost of proceedings is prohibitive and judicial decisions are hardly implemented. This is the damaging picture described in a report FIDH and its member organisations in DRC are publishing today, following several missions in that country.
DRC and the Future of Peacekeeping - Now With Added Drones
[Daily Maverick]Already, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has played host to one United Nations experiment this year (fortunately, it seems to have worked). Now UN peacekeepers are testing out their latest toy in the Congolese sandbox: a small fleet of drones to keep track of rebels from the sky.
Uganda Hopeful UN Drones Will Help Combat ADF
[VOA]Kampala -Uganda's military is welcoming the deployment of U.N. drones over its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Officers hope the drones will help combat a Ugandan rebel group, the ADF, that hides out in the eastern DRC.
ICRC Presents Ambitious Yet Realistic Budget to Meet Growing Needs in 2014
[PR Newswire]Geneva -While millions of people in Syria, Mali, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggle to cope with the devastating consequences of armed conflict, millions more are quietly experiencing a similar fate in lesser-known places such as the Central African Republic. All need help. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which works in more than 80 countries all over the world, is asking its donors for 1.29 billion Swiss francs (1.05 billion euros, or 1.33 billion US dollars) to cover i
Authorities of Lunda Norte and Bandundu Sign Bilateral Agreement
[ANGOP]The provincial authorities of Lunda Norte (Angola) and Bandundu (DR Congo) signed on Thursday in Dundo city, various bilateral agreements in different domains with emphasis on defence and security, at the end of a working visit of Congolese authorities paid to the locality on 3-5 December.
Angolan in Possession of U.S.2.56 Million Detained At Luvo Border
[ANGOP]An Angolan citizen, named Maketa Ant├│nio, was detained on Wednesday by the police in Luvo border checkpoint, northern Zaire province, when he was illegally entering DR Congo in possession of USD 2.56 million.
Cops Thwart Mealie-Meal Smuggling
[Times of Zambia]POLICE in Chililabombwe have thwarted a smuggling syndicate of maize and mealie-meal into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the past one week and have since impounded nine motor vehicles.
Journalist in DRC Detained, Accused of Planning to 'Sabotage' Presidential Visit
[IFEX]Journalist in Danger (JED) condemns the 72-hour detention of a journalist at the Rutshuru central prison, located 70 Km from Goma, the capital of North Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A Prescription for Lasting Peace and Stability
[Fahamu]The much-hyped defeat of the M23 rebels in eastern Congo means little, unless firm action is taken to deter Rwanda and Uganda, both US allies, from destabilizing of the country.
Lukaku Surprisingly in the Viewfinder of Bar├ža
[Africa Top Sports]On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku who is marveling with Everton as he scored eight goals over nine Premier League appearances, would be in the viewfinder of La Liga FC Barcelona.
Kabila in Uganda for Talks on Rebels
[Sudan Tribune]Kampala -The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, is in Uganda for talks with his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, over failed peace talks with M23 rebels.
ICC Press Release - Bemba Case - Four Suspects Arrested for Corruptly Influencing Witness
[PR Newswire]The Hague, Netherlands -Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo appeared before the single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Cuno Tarfusser, at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands). He is suspected of offences against the administration of justice allegedly committed in connection with the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo.
UN Launches Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft to Better Protect Civilians in Vast DR Congo
[UN News]With top United Nations and Government officials and a crowd of reporters looking on, the world Organization today launched its first-ever unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the interest of better protecting civilians in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.